Mini-review: Negro Swan - Blood Orange
Updated: Jun 23, 2020
Artist: Blood Orange
Label: Domino Recording Company
Top Tracks: Saint; Jewelry; Charcoal Baby; Minetta Creek
For Fans Of: Solange; Moses Sumney; Frank Ocean
On his last album, Freetown Sound, Blood Orange founded a formula to his sound that he clearly has a natural inclination towards. Accordingly, he uses the same style on Negro Swan, now focusing in on black depression and isolation. The style is hard to describe: it’s a unique, delicate, instrumentation-guided montage of sounds, samples, refrains and references that seeks to collate vibes, leaving the listener with a narrative experience as nuanced, honest and deliberate as a long diary entry. Which is ironic because, especially on this album, we don’t get many direct, divulging verses. Yet you never find yourself lost.